Oak & Iron
2967 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks
www.oakandironto.com


My friends and I needed to shake off the June Gloom vibe, so after work one night we headed over to a new homemade craft cocktail bar called Oak & Iron in Thousand Oaks, where we heard the atmosphere was lively and friendly. So long gloom!

Owner Andrew Pletcher wanted to create a cocktail bar along the strip focusing on local ingredients throughout Ventura County and it does not disappoint. The menu rotates seasonally and offers probably some of the freshest and yummiest cocktails I have ever had.

My friends and I all ordered something different: the PB&J ($16), made with peanut butter-infused whiskey, blueberry whiskey, lemon juice and IPA beer syrup; the Reviver #7 ($17), made with watermelon-infused Casamigos, kaffir lime leaf-infused Dolin Blanc, Angeleno Amaro, lime juice and a pine brandy rinse; and my order, the Strawberry Fields ($16), made with strawberry-infused Tito’s Vodka, lemon, lime and mint sprig.

So let’s break it down: the PB&J literally tasted like the sandwich, Reviver #7 had a nice kick to it and the Strawberry Fields was like drinking a Starburst candy; it went down easy. Take your time with them, as these are sipping drinks to enjoy while laughing with your friends and listening to some hip indie music over the speakers.

The Smokey Edward ($17), a blood orange old fashioned with your choice of smoked hickory, cherry wood, peach wood or maple.

My friends were so impressed and ordered two more drinks, the Summer Paloma ($16) and The Smokey Edward ($17), a blood orange old fashioned with your choice of smoked hickory, cherry wood, peach wood or maple. It was the most interesting drink I have ever seen made and the maple smoke fragranced the room nicely.

Oak & Iron also offers classic cocktails such as a Manhattans, daiquiris and whiskey sours along with wine and beer selections. Right now, it is open seven days a week starting at 4 p.m. I believe I have a new after-work hangout spot!

You can check out the video of The Smokey Edward being made on my Instagram page @kitkatwozny. Cheers!